E-Safety

Useful E-Safety resources

Parent Guides

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StaySafe.org - The online world offers a wealth of resources for education, entertainment, and connection with other people. Unfortunately, the internet also poses new dangers, and those dangers threaten teens especially. The following guide provides the resources necessary for both parents and their teens to safely utilize the Internet.

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Snapchat - Tips for Parents - Snapchat is a photo sharing app for mobile phones and tablets. The app allows users to share images for a limited number of seconds, chat with users before messages disappear, and share images with their friends list through a ‘story’.

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Cyberbullying and Substance Abuse - According to the Megan Meier Foundation - a foundation created by Tina Meier after her 13-year-old daughter, Megan, took her own life as a result of being cyberbullied -approximately 34 percent of all school-aged kids have endured cyberbullying at some point in their lives.

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Gallery Guardian - The app that gives you peace of mind by helping protect your child against inappropriate images.

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A Parents' Guide to Online Safety - Activities to help parents protect children online

Webonauts - Do you have what it takes to graduate from the Webonauts Internet Academy?

Ins@fe is a European network of awareness centres promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people.

BullyingUK is a UK charity founded in 1999 by journalist Liz Carnell and her son John.  The charity's website provides a large amount of information to help pupils, parents and schools deal with bullying.

Childline is a free 24 hour counselling service for children and young people up to 18 in the UK, provided by the NSPCC.

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Supporting Young People Online.  Information and advice for parents and carers on supporting young people online. Available in multiple languages.

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Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying.  This advice is for parents and carers about cyberbullying.  It provides advice and information about how they can protect their child from cyberbullying and how to tackle it if it happens.

KidSmart provides easy-to-follow advice and guidance about how to keep your child safe.  Have a look at their tips and download the resources they provide.  Kidsmart is provided by Childnet, the leading agency for E-Safety.

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The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety

Some useful parent guides for keeping your children safe when online:

Smartphone Safety Tips
Hidden Apps - a parent's guide
Mental Health and online safety
Online Gambling
Snapchat - a parent's guide
TikTok - a parent's guide
What parents need to know about Steam
Zoom - a parent's guide
Home Party - a parent's guide
Netflix - a parent's guide
Google Stadia - a parent's guide
Online Grooming - a parent's guide
Playstation 4 - a parent's guide
Protecting Personal Data - a parent's guide
Oculus Quest - a parent's guide
Sexting - a parent's guide
Triller - a parent's guide
Trolling and Online Abuse - a parent's guide
Tellonym - a parent's guide
League of Legends - a parent's guide
XBox Series X/S - a parent's guide
Expressing themselves safely online - a parent's guide
WeChat - a parent's guide
Expressing themselves safely online - a parent's guide
WhatsApp - a parent's guide
Signal - a parent's guide
Roblox - a parent's guide


Going online can present many opportunities and risks. Below are some links and articles to help you feel more confident when talking to your children about sensitive topics such as relationships, sex and image sharing.

Gaming: what parents and carers need to know

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Facebook logoFacebook is a huge part of many teans' lives.  They use it to keep up with their friends' activities, play games, chat, post photos -- even do homework.  And while public sharing always carries some safety and privacy risks, with good judgment and strict privacy settings, Facebook can be used safely.

The links below provide useful information to parents (and students) about the safe usage of Facebook, as well as other social networking sites.

CEOP Resources

CEOPCEOP is the National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.  CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.  CEOP protects children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA-led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

Report a Concern

This is a confidential area of the website. Anything you submit here will be treated in the strictest confidence.

This is a safe and private way to alert staff to a concern. The concern may be big or small, it does not matter. It is just important that you know that if you report your concern here that it will be picked up by staff and your worry will be considered, free of blame or shame. You will need to provide an email address but can remain anonymous. However, it is helpful if you can provide your name or as much detail as possible so that we can support you in the best way. We will always start with a conversation about what has happened. We will then aim to work with you, in partnership, to find the best possible outcome and support for you and anyone else involved or affected.

If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, assault or abuse, there are members of staff who can support you through this difficult and traumatic experience. We understand that it may be hard to talk about incidents and that you may feel more comfortable reporting your concern here.

Useful wellbeing resources

Please find below a number of guides and suggested resources for parents regarding wellbeing.

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Young Minds are leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

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Mind - On this page, you can find information about mental health and wellbeing and how to find support.

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Childline - Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call Childline on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

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Samaritans - Samaritans work with young people in schools, colleges and other youth settings in a number of ways.

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Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families - Activities to help parents protect children online

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Haringey young persons mental health services - Mental health and wellbeing services provided by Haringey.

E-safety for Students

At Alexandra Park School  we are committed to helping our students understand the risks online and taking measures to protect themselves, whether from hackers, viruses, cyberbullies or online strangers that may want to harm them.

Social Media

Many of you are on social media, there can be many benefits such as it invites create expression, allows you to connect with friends, family and likeminded people, it promotes awareness and raises critical thinkers.  However there can also be drawbacks such as it can be a distraction, it can be an invasion of privacy and high on the list for young people is that  there is a high amount of cyber bullying and trolling. 

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You should use social media in a responsible and kind way.  If you feel that something harmful is being said please report the harmful content by using the link below.  If members from our community are being unkind please save the content and report it to a parent or a member of staff.

Cyber-bullying

Cyberbullying can include:

  • sending threatening or abusive text messages;
  • creating and sharing embarrassing images or videos;
  • trolling – the sending of menacing or upsetting messages on social networks, chat rooms or online games;
  • excluding children from online games, activities or friendship groups;
  • shaming someone online;
  • setting up hate sites or groups about a particular child;
  • encouraging young people to self-harm;
  • voting for or against someone in an abusive poll;
  • creating fake accounts, hijacking or stealing online identities to embarrass a young person or cause trouble using their name;
  • sending explicit messages, also known as sexting;
  • pressuring children into sending sexual images or engaging in sexual conversations.

If you need to report an incident of bullying or another incident where you have been made to feel unsafe you can report it here

Support for Parents

Talk to your children about Bullying and Cyber-bullying.
If you suspect your child to be a victim of Cyber-bullying listen carefully to what your child has to say. They may feel scared, embarrassed or ashamed that they are a victim to Cyber-bullying and may feel worried about what could happen to them if they speak to anyone about it.

Child exploitation Online Protection

CEOP is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection unit within the National Crime Agency. CEOP also has a reporting system where young people can get advice and report any sexual exploitation online.

What kind of Concerns can be reported to CEOP?
  • ceopSomeone online has asked a child/young person to send them nude images.
  • A child/young person has shared a nude image with someone online and then this person has threatened/blackmailed the child as a result.
  • A child/young person has or is planning to meet up with someone face-to-face that they have only met online.
  • Someone online is talking to a child/young person in a sexual way and making them feel uncomfortable.
  • Someone online is sending child/young person pornography.
  • Someone online keeps asking a child/young person to go on camera.

Cyber-bullying should not be reported to CEOP. You should speak to an adult you trust, and / or contact Childline  on 0800 1111.

   

The internet is such an integral part of our lives, opening up many educational and social opportunities.  Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.  We at APS would like you to do this safely and responsibly.

If you have any concerns or need advice about any e-safety issues such as sexting, identity, online relationships, online reputation or anything else please speak to a trusted adult at school.

Download Alexandra Park School's Acceptable Use Guidelines for students